A.S. Face 0881: Jennifer Talbot Goodman

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Hi my name is Jennifer Talbot Goodman I’m 39 and I was diagnosed in December of 2012 after 18 years of chronic pain, fatigue, migraines, and the constant “sick” feeling.. I’ve been a professional hairdresser for 20 years and have a great husband & 6 year old son! It was hard on all of us to understand my condition especially my husband.. My family members haven’t made it easy by telling him I just want attention and sympathy! But after him going to an appointment with my rheumy he finally understood how serious things really were and that my family were just trying to cause problems..  I have for as long as I can remember had problems with pain in my hips, my low back, radiating pains in my spine my legs, and my feet! When I found out I was pregnant at 32 it was awesome because for the first time in over 15 years I had no hip or back pains!! But I did have a difficult pregnancy.. My son was almost born at both 26 & 28 weeks! At 26 weeks I was contracting so we went to the hospital where I received 3 terbutaline injections then sent home on partial bed rest.. Two weeks to the day I started hemorrhaging and went to the hospital which they life flighted me to St Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix. I was there in the preterm labor housing for over a week and found out I had a partial abruption.. Again sent home but this time I was on full bed rest! 10 weeks later my son was born two weeks early but healthy at 8 pounds 7 ounces and 20 inches long! Two years later the pain was indescribable! I went to doctors specialists etc who all said I had slight degeneration due to age!! Then started drug testing me because one “specialist” said I was a “drug seeker”! I was so angry & frustrated I gave up on doctors and started using doTERRA Essential oils, eating gluten free healthy foods including green smoothies, and juices. I also started doing yoga and acupuncture! It made me feel great until we moved to Washington state and my routine was lost.. But I was getting worse and worse as time went on due to living in a colder damp humid state. I finally started going to doctors and found some of the best doctors who actually listened, ran tests, and a series of MRIS and X-rays and finally I had a diagnosis of AS as well as Fibromyalgia and C-spine Spondylosis! Finally I’m receiving the treatments I needed all this time! I started growing my own food, raising chickens, canning, doing food storage, and emergency prepping. By finding this page I was inspired to start my own page! I want to help those suffering just like me from a chronic illness by helping them find things that work like diet, essential oils, yoga, meditation, acupuncture, building a backyard homestead, canning the foods they grow, recipes, as well as support and a community of sharing tips, advice, recipes, and ideas!  It’s hard to live with this disease not only physically, but mentally, a lot of the times family, and friends don’t understand therefore they do & say hurtful things, so finding support sometimes is the best medicine! I’ve always been the type of person who wants to help anyone & everyone I can even if I’m in pain, sick, and dizzy!

It’s rewarding to know I’ve helped at least one person and inspired them to turn around and help others as well! I’ve loved the supportive nature of this page and recommend it to others! My pain actually sometimes feels lighter when I’m working on my page or sharing things on others pains! My wish is of course that one day there will be a cure, but in the mean time I will not let this disease along with my other ones defeat me nor will I allow it to be my disability! It’s becoming my ability to be a better person by bettering the world around me! That’s the sum of me and my life with AS..

Here’s my link www.facebook.com/la.belle.vie.me

Washington, United States of America

8 Responses to “A.S. Face 0881: Jennifer Talbot Goodman”

  1. Dear Jennifer,
    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us.
    Sincerely Cookie
    Please email me at Cookiehasas@aol.com so I may get your mailing address to send your Faces of AS Band to you.

  2. Hello,
    I live in Arizona too. I lead the support groups in Phoenix and Tucson. Would you like to speak to our group sometime about your endeavors? I would love to meet you.
    Thank you for your positive ideas and thoughts regarding taking charge of our “well being”.

  3. This is my correct email. Sorry.

  4. Jennifer…all I can say Is… “you” sum up what FACES is all about. I feel good just reading the stories. good for you!

  5. Hi Jennifer… I enjoy reading inspirational stories on the faces of AS… And I sure did enjoy reading yours!! May God continue to give you the strength and the heroism to help others…and the guidance to live a fruitful life!! God bless you and your family!!
    AS face 770#

  6. I love how you said you will not allow AS to be your disability, rather your ability to be a better person by helping others. Well done!

  7. It’s so great to see these responses! I didn’t know anyone had respoonded! I have a lot of news and new beginnings now.. I am now with a non-profit foundation called Days For Girls. What is Days for Girls?
    Education, safety, and dignity. ​Days for Girls empowers Days of education.
    Days of health. Days of safety. Days of dignity. We do this by direct distribution of sustainable feminine hygiene kits by partnering with nonprofits, groups and organizations, by raising awareness, and importantly, by helping impoverished communities start their own programs to supply kits and training. Together with our network of thousands of exceptional volunteers and partners, we have reached tens of thousands of girls and women in over 60 nations on 6 continents. It’s working.


    ​What if not having sanitary supplies meant DAYS without school, DAYS without income, DAYS without leaving the house? Girls use leaves, mattress stuffing, newspaper, corn husks, rocks, anything they can find…but still miss up to 2 months of school every year. Worse, girls are often exploited in exchange for hygiene. It turns out this issue is a surprising but instrumental key to social change for women all over the world. The poverty cycle can be broken when girls stay in school. When just 10% of girls stay in school a country’s GDP raises by an average of 3%! We need to keep girls in school to break the cycle of poverty!

    I hope you all are doing well! It’s amazing that I started as a two day a month volunteer to now a full time volunteer as an Inventory & Supply Specialist, that is looking forward to a full time employment status. I now work 4 days a week & am also an Ambassador of Women’s Health. I look forward to going in each day no matter how much pain I will have at the end of the day! It means so much to me to give back to women who don’t have access to feminine hygiene, who may end up being trafficked just to have access to feminine products. If you would like to know more about Days For Girls & how you can help go to http://www.daysforgirls.org, and you can email me at jennifert@daysforgirls.org

  8. Hi! I am A.S. Face 23. I am inspired and thankful for your post. I have suffered from A.S. and R. A. for more than 20 years but was diagnosed 6 or 7 years ago. I also use doterra and I have gone gluten free and dairy free in the past few months. I was taken off all meds because of stomach issues. So far, the pain is manageable but is also having bad days more often. I would love to hear what you use by doterra and anything else that you are doing. I would love it if I could stay off the meds. Thanks for your positive words

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